Everything you need to understand or teach Desolation Island by Patrick O'Brian.
Captain Jack Aubrey, c. 1809, takes command of HMS Leopard, a fourth-rate ship-of-the-line with a tarnished history. He sets sail for Botany Bay, Australia, for the dual purpose of transporting criminals to the penal colony and thereafter to recover the infamous governor William Bligh and escort him home to England. In the event, Aubrey accomplishes neither. Leopard is pursued by a Dutch opponent and, subsequent to victory, crashes into a submerged iceberg. Half of the crew deserts while Aubrey and the faithful struggle to make landfall on Desolation Island where repairs are made as Stephen Maturin intrigues with an American spy.
The novel, fifth in a series of twenty novels, opens ashore with Aubrey and Maturin discussing their respective futures. Aubrey is a hopeless boob ashore and, flush with a large and recent windfall, pursues several activities seemingly designed to dissipate wealth. Meanwhile Maturin pursues Diana Villiers, his unrequited...
Desolation Island Lesson Plans contain 122 pages of teaching material, including: